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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for disclaimer in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


disclaim +‎ -er (Etymology 5); from Anglo-Norman disclaimer, from Old French desclamer.



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disclaimer (plural disclaimers)

  1. One who disclaims, disowns, or renounces.
  2. A public disavowal, as of responsibility, pretensions, claims, opinions, and the like.
  3. (law) A denial, disavowal, or renunciation, as of a title, claim, interest, estate, or trust; relinquishment or waiver of an interest or estate.
  4. A disclosure of an interest, relationship, and the like.
    • Anant Rangaswami (2012), "No need for regulation in media – it’s happening by itself", Firstpost, May 10, 2012
      It interviewed, among others, the director of Vasant Valley School, owned by the same family that part-owns Mail Today. No disclaimer was carried stating as much.
    • Hallie Detrick (2018), "What We Know About Sean Hannity's Shell Companies and Why It Matters", Fortune, April 23, 2018
      Though the fact that the two men do business together was disclosed on air, a recent op-ed penned by Lako and published on the Hannity show’s website had no such disclaimer.

Usage notesEdit

  • The use in the sense of a disclosure rather than a disavowal is a recent extension in meaning that disregards the etymology and may be considered incorrect usage.


Old FrenchEdit



  1. Alternative form of desclamer


This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. The forms that would normally end in *-ms, *-mt are modified to ns, nt. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.